Wildfowlers and Poachers: Fifty Years on the East Coast by Arthur Henry Patterson

Wildfowlers and Poachers: Fifty Years on the East Coast by Arthur Henry Patterson newly listed for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: Ashford Press, 1988, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: First published in 1929, Wildfowlers and Poachers drew on 50 years of loving and shrewd observation by Arthur Patterson of his native Norfolk. John Knowlittle, as he was known widely in his lifetime, was an enthusiastic naturalist and a popular, sociable local character around Yarmouth, who captured in his writing both the wildlife and the human lives of the area.

In this his ninth book, he depicts the lives and activities of the wildfowlers who were a common sight in the Norfolk estuary before swamp drainage and Wild Birds Protection Acts removed their livelihood. He also chronicles the changes seen in the 50 years which span the turn of the century such as the appointment of wardens to ensure observation of the Close Seasons Acts. Some of his most entertaining passages describe the war between the gunners and the Watcher.

A generation long past and a countryside long lost, is brought to life again here through John Knowlittles vivid, shrewd and affectionate portraits.

Introduction by: Tony Jackson

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly sunned at the spine otherwise a very well presented copy.

Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVI] 224 pages. 8¾” x 5½”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt with you something from here?

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